For the remainder of this year and well into 2020, Hernando County residents will be asked to dig deeper to pay for problems we did not create. The County Commission voted last month to advertise for consideration a 14-percent increase in the general fund property tax rate so it can balance its budget.

At the same time, an increasing demand for single-family homes and multi-family dwellings brings significant challenges.

How do we pay for the growth? One piece of the puzzle is impact fees. They help to spread the cost of new schools, roads, utilities, etc., to the new users of added infrastructure. To share the onus fairly, that’s a tool local governments should use.

Especially in Hernando County, that’s imperative because our state ranks

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